A painting I did some years ago, and I titled this one The Long Wait…which reflects my state of being over the past eighteen months or so. A complete void, as far as any sort of creative pursuit is concerned, and it is painful! However isn’t it the case that these are the very episodes of life that present themselves as an opportunity for growth….if we both recognise….and accept. Easy to say, hard to do….but then again, you are stuck anyway, and so the general rule is to call a halt to the fruitless struggle to fight one’s way out of the net, and simply…. listen.
And so I have done a lot of listening, and I have learnt a deeper level of quiet trust. A “knowing”, that goes beyond the need for “the answer”.
And so, out of the blue, one of my favourite human beings sent me a little video of his latest exploits…..and I sensed that my long wait had at last read its final chapter.
Trevor Jenkins, the so called Rubbish Warrior, a homeless man who I had had the privilege of painting some years before. In the video I “read” a soul who had himself allowed Transformation to visit him, and I realised that I was beholding an entirely different soul to the one I had encountered several years before, beautiful though that Soul has always been.
I am inspired to try and capture this on canvas, and it has only been made possible for me to do that because of the generosity of the film maker who has given me permission to paint from his video stills.
Vijay Daniels, who is a Lecturer at Charles Darwin University, who has created several films, some of which can be viewed on YouTube. i.e. ‘Paper Elephant’ and ‘Sarah Sarah’ .